Inlays and Onlays
What are Inlays and Onlays?
An inlay or onlay is a type of restoration that helps to repair and replace areas of compromised tooth. You can think of these restorations as a medium between a filling and a full dental crown. They’re ideal for patients who need something larger and more sturdy than a filling, but who won’t necessarily benefit from an entire dental crown. Inlays sit on the inside of the cusps of a tooth, whereas onlays sit on the top of the tooth’s crown.
Why are Inlays and Onlays needed?
You may need an inlay or onlay if you have deep decay in one or more of your teeth, or if you have a large filling that needs to be replaced. Onlays can be especially beneficial for areas of a tooth that have cracked, broken, or chipped, but that aren’t large enough to warrant a crown. Both inlays and onlays can last for years, or even decades, with proper care, so they’re a long-term solution to a variety of dental problems.
Who’s a good candidate for Inlays and Onlays?
We will perform an exam to determine if you’re a good candidate for either an inlay or an onlay. Most patients who need either of these restorations will benefit from having them placed. Because the restoration is made to mimic the look and feel of your natural teeth, you won’t even be able to tell that it’s in place. You’re a good candidate for inlays and onlays if you want a long-term restoration solution.
What happens during the procedure for Inlays and Onlays?
We begin by administering a local anesthetic, via injection, into the area being treated. Next, we remove any of the decay, or old filling, from the tooth. If there is a crack or fracture, we may smooth this area before the restoration is placed. Impressions are then taken, and used to create the new inlay or onlay. You’ll come in for a second appointment to have the restoration placed. Slight adjustments help to improve the fit and feel of your new inlay or onlay.
If you think you might need or benefit from onlays and inlays, call us today, and our friendly staff members can further assist you.